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The Underlying Threat

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Groundwater is the earth's largest supply of clean water, but is increasingly under siege from gasoline, dry-cleaning solvents, agricultural pesticides and other agents. Unlike pollution in rivers or lakes, groundwater pollution can remain hidden deep in the earth for decades. Shot in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Niagara Falls, New York, The Underlying Threat is a film about the devastating effects of groundwater pollution and what we can do about it. In describing how four families and two communities responded to the discovery of toxic chemicals in their water, the film brings home the human hardships associated with this form of pollution. Yet the final message is one of hope and empowerment, stressing the combination of preventive measures and the determination of people insisting on their right to safe water.

1989, 48 min 13 s